In a competitive cross-town, in-conference rivalry game Jan. 22 at Horizon High School, the Hawks, dropped Northglenn 69-56 behind an energetic final three quarters. Entering the contest on a …
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In a competitive cross-town, in-conference rivalry game Jan. 22 at Horizon High School, the Hawks, dropped Northglenn 69-56 behind an energetic final three quarters.
Entering the contest on a three-game winning streak, the Norsemen (5-11, 2-2 in conference) hung around all evening, but could never seize control against Horizon (9-7, 2-3 in conference). Leading twice in the first two minutes of the game, Northglenn never saw the lead again against the lengthy, athletic Hawks’ group.
Leading 20-19 after one, Horizon senior Alex Lawrence led the charge with seven points. Northglenn’s senior tandem of Ty Burbank and Mario Pacheco scored eight and four points respectively to keep things close.
The spark for the Norsemen’s offensive success included plenty of second-chance points that carried through the second quarter. Despite this obstacle for Horizon, all eight of the players who saw minutes in the first half scored. Playing far from their best basketball, Horizon still found themselves up seven at the break.
“When we are at our best, we have to play with extreme energy, and we didn’t have that in the first half,” Horizon coach Chad Wilson said. “We were walking through the motions, no communication, no urgency. We did a better job in the second half of playing with the type of energy that is required of us to be successful.”
Despite playing with a renewed energy and emphasis on defensive rebounding in the third, Northglenn refused to go away. Pacheco’s controlled pace and scoring ability in the paint cut the Horizon lead to four with 55 seconds left. However, unfortunately for Northglenn, four unanswered points from the Hawks to end the frame kick-started the group to a dominant fourth quarter.
Taking their largest lead of the night with at 61-52 with 3:48 remaining Northglenn never looked back as the inside game of Lawrence, and senior Dadrian Paris sealed the fate for Northglenn down the stretch.
With solid games up and down the roster for both teams, Horizon’s depth showcased seven players scoring four or more points. Putting pressure all night on Northglenn’s defense, the spreading of scoring didn’t allow the Norsemen to key-in on a player or two.
“We do have a lot of depth,” Wilson said. “We have a couple of guys that we rely on every night, but we have a ton of depth to go to the bench and look for that energy if we aren’t getting it elsewhere.”
Lawrence, Paris, junior Daric Conkright and freshman Xavier Harris led Horizon with 15, 12, 11 and 10 points apiece. On the Northglenn side, Burbank and Pacheco led the team with 16 points each followed by nine from senior Hector Ortega.
For Horizon, the win gives them their third straight and sixth win in their last nine games. Currently playing their best basketball of the season heading into the thick of conference play, the sky is the limit for a team hitting their stride.
“It’s very important to be playing our best right now. We have won three in a row, but the three losses prior to that were heartbreakers,” Wilson said. “We’ve been playing good basketball, so hopefully now we get a little confidence and hopefully after tonight we realize we have to take the court with extreme energy every night. It’s exciting to be getting better at this time of year.”
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